Category Archives: garden

Establishing a trope

Well, moving house has finally become a set of rails, the switches of which are being directed by solicitors, agents and other higher powers. As of Thursday, we have a chain: our buyer, us, our seller. That’s about as simple … Continue reading

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We don’t do duvet days, do we?

After a Twixmas spent wishing for duvet days, and only really enjoying one proper one by the end of the holidays, I had my wishes belatedly granted yesterday morning. I spent a good few hours in bed, reading: because I … Continue reading

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Power through the damp, grey sock

November hits us with a wallop: I can’t complain, as I love the changing of the seasons (and despair of how that’s being smeared out by climate change); but it does seem to be a rather damp, grey sock of … Continue reading

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Autumn means all change

The seasons turn. I’ve dressed and re-seeded the lawn. I need to finish my autumn veg plantings. The pelargoniums continue to fire off fireworks, likely defying all weathers with their boisterous explosions until the first frost. The Greek basil flowered … Continue reading

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How seen was that valley

We spent the last few days in north-west Wales with both sets of in-laws. Despite being in a mobile-signal blackspot, and despite coping for four days with my parents, and despite the fact that neither Gwynedd nor Conwy are exactly … Continue reading

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The world’s shortest ramble

I have responded to the sudden outburst of spring weather like any true Englishman – I use both parts of the word advisedly – by spending as much leisure time outside as possible. Only once have I been reduced to … Continue reading

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Circular sears, inequalities and bare patches

My latest gardening craze is the lawn. We have what one might call a fairly poor lawn – small, shaded, low, clay, compacted, worn, weedy: the works – so of course you would expect me to immerse myself in futile … Continue reading

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